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Professor Marlene Sinclair

Professor Marlene Sinclair PhD MEd Post Graduate Diploma in Education BSc RNT RM RN
Specialist certificate in Neuromedicine/Neurosurgery
Current employment: Chair in Midwifery Research at the University of Ulster (2007)

Marlene has over twenty years of experience in higher education and is Ireland’s first professor of midwifery research. She received a personal chair from the University of Ulster in 2007.

Her ambition is to develop clinical midwifery researchers’ at doctoral and post doctoral level; to build research leadership and capacity of midwives, locally, nationally and internationally. To date, she has successfully supervised 12 PhD students and proudly holds an honorary contract with the Ulster Maternity Unit. Her specialist area of research is birth technology and her PhD completed in 1999 was titled: “Midwives Readiness to Use High Technology in the Labour Ward: Implications for Education and Training. In 2007, she established the world’s first research society for midwives: The Doctoral Midwifery Research Society http://www.doctoralmidwiferysociety.org/ (DMRS funded by the NI R&D Office)

Marlene is currently the founder and editor of RCM Evidence Based Midwifery. She was elected as a member of RCM Council in 2005, re-elected in 2009 and is an active member of the RCM Education and Research Committee and the RCM Steering Group for Normal Birth. She has recently been appointed to the RCOG Wellbeing Research Committee and the new Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) panel. Marlene has served on many major university committees including: Senate, Research and Innovation, Ethics, and the Institute of Nursing Research.